The song “Suspicious Minds” by Elvis Presley is proof that Elvis had not yet left the building, and, in 1969, he had a #1 hit single (the seventeenth #1 single and last #1 of his career) with “Suspicious Minds.” Singer/songwriter/producer Mark James had written this song about a relationship characterized by a lack of trust and recorded it. However, the song did not chart successfully. In the 1968-1969 timeframe, Elvis was making a return to the Memphis music scene and wanted to record many types of music — rock, gospel, country, R&B, and soul. Elvis’ TV ’68 Comeback Special and “Suspicious Minds” are credited with a return to popularity in Elvis’ career. Rolling Stone magazine has the song on its list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” The song went to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and in Canada. It was #2 on the U.K. Singles Chart and #4 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary Tracks and Dutch top 40. There have also been covers by Fine Young Cannibals, Dwight Yoakam, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, The Heptones, Phish, and many others.
Elvis Presley was known for combining many sounds within American music. It is certainly possible that with other management (besides Colonel Parker) and given more time on earth, he would have developed more combinations.